The Music of the Soul Provides Entertainment & Education

The Music of the Soul Provides Entertainment & Education

Sat, 11/17/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Join host Robert Hammond and his guest Bryan Fenkart (Huey) as they discuss Memphis The Musical. 

Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ (Huey) who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock 'n' roll, Memphis is the winner of four 2010 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. Memphis, which played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse, features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway’s most exciting new destination~ what AP calls “The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”

RBTL TO SEND RCSD STUDENTS TO BROADWAY SHOW
LECTURE SERIES & TRADITIONAL FARE ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE

As part of the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s (RBTL’s) Theatre Team Education Program, RCSD students will attend a performance of Memphis the Musical this November at the Auditorium Theatre, over three nights, in conjunction with attending professional lectures and enjoying traditional Memphis fare.

Theatre Team involves a unique relationship between RBTL and the Rochester City School District.  Theatre Team has brought thousands of city high school students to the Auditorium Theatre for their first Theatre experience. Partnering teachers prepare their students for the experience by incorporating study units related to the particular production, and school visits by RBTL' s Director of Education and Outreach enhances the classroom learning.

This Season Theatre Team will be based around Memphis the Musical.  From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. It’s their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Memphis features a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.

Throughout the coming weeks, participating classrooms will host a lecture series as part of the program.  RBTL’s Director of Education, Bob Sagan, will give students a background of Memphis the Musical and what to expect during their (often first) theatre-going experience.  Danny Guilfoile, noted rock n’ roll historian, will discuss the music of the 1950’s, playing original recordings and explaining the crossover of black and white music during that time period.   William (Bill Scott), retired music educator and Chair of the Hochstein School of Music, will talk about his experience as a black man in the 1950’s and his life stationed in the segregated south.  The focus of the interactive lectures is to bring the time period to life for the students, with historical information and an enhanced knowledge of the heritage of the black culture, for a deeper appreciation of what they will see on stage.  Additional components of the program include a traditional Memphis BBQ dinner for students, provided by Beale Street Café, and a ticket to see Memphis at the Auditorium.

Broadway Producer, Sue Frost, was so impressed with RBTL’s Memphis Theatre Team program that she came to Rochester in early October to help instructors with the curriculum planning, and will attend the opening night performance with participating students on November 27.

Funding for Theatre Team has been provided by RBTL fundraisers, as well as corporate and private donations.  Program and lectures meet the state standards for core curriculum and RBTL seeks further donations to involve additional RCSD students in arts education programs throughout the Season.  To donate, please visit www.rbtl.org.

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League is committed to building a positive a relationship with the Rochester City School District this Season, making a lasting impact on the lives of local students.

For more information on RBTL’s arts-education programs visit www.rbtl.org.  

 



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